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When Should I Replace My Light Switch?

Light switches are probably one of the most used components in your house, yet you probably rarely think about them. Like anything else, they wear down over time after thousands of uses, whether it’s the connections inside the switch or the plastic parts breaking down. When this happens, it’s important that you know when to hire a licensed electrician to diagnose and replace a faulty light switch.

Four Signs That A Light Switch Needs to be Replaced

when to replace a light switch

    • Light Fixture Acting Up: The first course of action that needs to be taken when a light fixture is flickering or turning off and on is to replace the bulb. If this doesn’t fix the issue, it’s likely a result of the connectors inside the switch not working the way they’re supposed to.

 

    • Switch Making Noises: A properly-functioning light switch won’t make any noise. When you start to hear a buzzing or clicking sound coming from the switch when you use it, it may be a sign that it’s getting old and needs to be replaced.

 

    • Toggle Switch Warm: While it may be normal for some dimmer switches to be warm to the touch, if you have a standard toggle switch that you notice is warm all of a sudden, this is a result of small sparks in the electrical contacts, allowing electricity to flow more freely than it should due to the contacts not meeting properly. This is a major fire hazard and should be addressed immediately.

 

  • Sparks Fly: This is the most obvious sign that you need a new switch. If you see large sparks and loud snapping sounds are being made whenever you use a light switch that results in smoke or scorch marks, you need a new switch as soon as possible.


Contact us today or schedule an appointment to get a licensed electrician to repair or replace your faulty light switch before it’s too late.

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